I've been reading around, looking for the origin of the set phrase "There's no disputing matters of taste", and in particular trying to discover who said it first, or at least who popularized it.
My suspicion is it arises from the Latin equivalent "De gustibus non est disputandum", and therefore conjecture that it had to be one of the famous Roman essayists (Horace, Cicero, Juvenal, et al.).
Then again, one of my friends on FaceBook suggested it might be a medieval coinage, which also seems plausible because the syntax is late Latin: the 'est' would either be absent, i.e. "understood," or would follow the participle, in the Roman period.
The earliest reference I can find to it was via the Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs, was John Minsheu's A Dictionarie in Spanish and English, of 1599! There, the term appeared in its less Roman layout "De gustibus non est disputandum".
Persevering, I found another reference, this time to Minsheu Dial., which I'm guessing refers to his Pleasant and Delightful Dialogues, which is contained in the Dictionarie cited above. If that's true, it suggests more of a Renaissance origin than medieval.
Can anyone take it back further, as certainly Minsheu had to have done?